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Sustainability & Ethics Policy

At Foster & Scott, we are committed to integrating sustainable practices into every aspect of our operations. Our sustainability policy reflects our dedication to environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and long-term sustainability. Here’s how we implement sustainability in our agency:

  • Green Procurement
    • We source eco-friendly office supplies, materials, and equipment whenever possible, opting for products with minimal environmental impact and sustainable certifications.
    • Our procurement practices prioritise recycled, recyclable, and biodegradable materials to reduce our ecological footprint.
  • Reducing Waste
    • We strive to minimise waste generation by implementing recycling programs for paper, plastic, glass, and other recyclable materials in our workplace.
    • Whenever feasible, we choose digital communication and documentation over printed materials to reduce paper consumption.
  • Carbon Neutrality

    • We are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and offsetting our carbon footprint through carbon offset programs and initiatives. Our hosting provider is the first 100% carbon neutral hosting company in the UK.

  • Sustainable Transportation
    • We encourage employees to use sustainable transportation options, such as walking, cycling, carpooling, or using public transit, for commuting to work.
    • We provide incentives for employees who adopt eco-friendly commuting practices, such as subsidies for public transportation or bicycle commuting. Our office is based in a business centre and park that prioritises and promotes cycle to work schemes.
  • Green Marketing Practices
    • We advocate for sustainable marketing practices that prioritise authenticity, transparency, and environmental responsibility.
    • Our agency helps clients develop and implement eco-friendly marketing campaigns that promote sustainable products, services, and practices.
  • Community Engagement
    • We actively engage with our local community to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainable living practices.
    • Our agency participates in community clean-up events, environmental education programs, and partnerships with local sustainability organisations.
  • Continuous Improvement
    • We regularly review and update our sustainability policy to reflect evolving best practices and industry standards.
    • Feedback from employees, clients, and stakeholders informs our sustainability initiatives and drives continuous improvement.

At Foster & Scott, sustainability is not just a goal; it’s a way of doing business. By integrating sustainable practices into our operations and client services, we strive to create a positive impact on the environment and society while fostering a culture of responsibility and stewardship. Together, we can build a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come.

At Foster & Scott, our marketing strategies are grounded in a core belief: marketing should always prioritise honesty and respect for individuals’ privacy. Our policy statement articulates the ethical standards we uphold and the commitments we’ve made to ensure that our client work aligns with the highest ethical benchmarks in our industry.

  • Our Commitment to Honesty in Marketing

    Integrity permeates every aspect of our work. We are dedicated to absolute transparency in our marketing endeavours, whether they’re for our internal campaigns or projects driven by our clients and partners. Our commitment includes:

    • Avoiding Manipulative Tactics: We pledge to eschew manipulative patterns or persuasive copy that could confuse or mislead certain users. This encompasses refraining from false advertising, fake reviews, inflated analytics, and using manipulative language.
    • Ongoing Self-Reflection: We understand that maintaining honesty requires continuous reflection and vigilance. Throughout our campaigns, we rigorously evaluate our practices, asking critical questions to ensure integrity and authenticity.
  • Rejecting Impact Washing, Green washing, and Sports washing

    We adamantly reject any attempt to exaggerate positive impacts or distract from negative outcomes. Our commitment to transparency extends to our social and environmental initiatives, where we pledge to:

      • Be Fully Transparent: We avoid exaggerating impact, sharing stories without proper evidence, making false promises, or using social impact initiatives as distractions.
      • Root Our Initiatives in Authentic Mission: Our marketing initiatives are rooted in authentic missions and aligned with our business values, ensuring genuine positive impact.
  • Cultural Sensitivity in Campaign Creative
    1. We recognise the potential for insensitivity in marketing campaigns and strive to be inclusive and self-aware in our creative processes. Our commitment includes:
      • Avoiding the Saviour Complex: We actively involve and represent individuals with lived experiences to avoid perpetuating systems of oppression and exploitation.
      • Seeking Feedback and Training: We actively seek feedback on the appropriateness and sensitivity of our marketing content and invest in ongoing internal training to foster cultural sensitivity and inclusiveness.
  • Permission-Based Email Marketing

    Respecting user consent is paramount in our email marketing efforts. We focus on creating value-driven content and maintaining GDPR compliance to uphold trust with our audience.

  • Ethical Digital Advertising

    Our digital advertising practices prioritise accuracy, honesty, and user privacy. We consider the ethics of our targeting approach and ensure that our advertising content is transparent and accessible to all users.

  • White Hat Search Engine Optimisation

    We embrace ethical SEO practices, focusing on providing valuable content and ensuring accessibility while avoiding manipulative tactics that compromise user trust.

  • Evolving with the Industry

    We recognise that ethical marketing practices evolve alongside technological advancements. We remain vigilant in monitoring industry trends and updating our practices accordingly.

  • Your Feedback Matters

    We value feedback as an opportunity for growth and improvement. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our ethical practices, we encourage you to reach out via our website contact form. Your input helps us uphold our commitment to ethical marketing excellence.

At Foster & Scott, we are committed to making a positive impact not only in the marketing world but also in the communities we serve. Our charity policy reflects our dedication to social responsibility and giving back to society. Here’s how we integrate charity into our business ethos:

  • Community Engagement
    • We actively seek opportunities to engage with and support local communities through charitable initiatives and partnerships.
    • Our team members are encouraged to volunteer their time and skills to local charities and community organisations.
  • Pro Bono Services
    • We offer pro bono marketing and design services to select non-profit organisations whose missions align with our values.
    • Through these services, we aim to amplify the impact of organisations that are making a difference in areas such as education, healthcare, environmental conservation, and social justice.
  • Charitable Donations
    • We allocate a portion of our profits to charitable donations on a regular basis.
    • These donations are directed towards reputable charitable organisations and causes that address pressing social, environmental, and humanitarian issues.
  • Cause-Related Marketing
    • We support cause-related marketing campaigns that raise awareness and funds for important social causes.
    • Through strategic partnerships with non-profits and socially responsible businesses, we leverage our marketing expertise to drive positive change.
  • Sustainable Transportation
    • We encourage and facilitate employee participation in charitable giving programs.
    • Our company matches employee donations to eligible charities, doubling the impact of their contributions.
  • Environmental Responsibility
    • We are committed to minimising our environmental footprint and supporting sustainability initiatives.
    • Through eco-friendly practices and partnerships with environmentally conscious organisations, we strive to protect and preserve our planet for future generations.
  • Transparency and Accountability
    • We maintain transparency in our charitable activities, including our selection process for pro bono projects and donation recipients.
    • Our financial statements are audited annually to ensure accountability and adherence to our charity policy.
  • Continuous Improvement
    • We regularly review and evaluate our charity policy to identify areas for improvement and enhance our impact.
    • Feedback from stakeholders, including clients, employees, and the communities we serve, informs our decisions and drives positive change.

At Foster & Scott, we believe that businesses have a responsibility to contribute to the well-being of society. Our charity policy reflects our commitment to using our resources and expertise for the greater good, making a meaningful difference in the world around us.